Sept. 1, 2006
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - Despite a double-double from Naiara Fernandes (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Lee University) and a career-high kill total for Christina Johnson (Farmington, Mo./Farmington HS), host Lewis knocked off West Florida 3-1 (27-30, 30-22, 30-19, 30-25) at the Flyer Festival Friday evening. With the win, Lewis improves to 4-3. West Florida drops to 1-5.
West Florida opened up an early 13-9 lead in game one. With the score tied at 24, two kills by Fernandes, a Carly Moyers (Eden Prairie, Minn./Louisiana Tech) kill and two Flyer attack errors gave the Argonauts game point. After two Lewis points, Fernandes took a pass from Marcela Cunha (Curitiba, Brazil/Northern Kentucky) to record the game-ending kill.
The second game featured a back-and-forth affair early with six ties in the first 16 services. With West Florida leading 14-12, Lewis pulled off six straight points, including three kills by freshman Sara deBuhr. The Argonauts cut the deficit to 19-16 before deBuhr's kill helped the Flyers tie the match at one game apiece.
The third game was also close early with 11 ties in the first 24 services. With the score tied at 12, three straight Lewis kills and a service ace pushed the lead to 16-12. After a Fernandes kill, Lewis responded with five consecutive points en route to the win.
West Florida fell behind 3-0 in the fourth game, but the Argonauts surged back with five consecutive points, including two kills by Johnson during the stretch. Trailing 12-8, Lewis immediately answered with six straight points, including three consecutive kills by Sarah McKinney, to take a 14-12 lead. Down by six points late in the game, West Florida rallied to cut the deficit to three, but the Argonauts would not get any closer.
Fernandes led West Florida with 15 kills and 20 digs. She also added a team-high three blocks. Johnson, whose previous high kill total was seven in the season-opener against South Dakota, recorded 13 kills. Jerica Carter (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville HS) added 16 digs. Charisse Steckling led four Flyers in double-figure kill totals with 18. McKinney added 16 kills and 16 digs.
The Argonauts will complete action in the Flyer Festival on Saturday. West Florida faces Michigan Tech at 9 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. match against Winona State.